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Freelance revolution

The Freelancing has been a profession for centuries, but is now revolutionizing the workforce. Originally, freelancers were pri- marily journalists, couriers and mercenaries, but with the evolu- tion of the internet, the freelancing revolution is creating an entirely new batch of employees. The internet removes boundaries of dis- tance so a team of employees can live a world apart and yet work to- gether with no restrictions. Internet billing and payment systems make trans- actions quick and easy, creating a global payroll system. The open market of freelancers provides anyone with an internet connection the ability to find work and, in turn, employers have a world full of potential employees so they can find the best qual- ity work at the best price. WHO IS FREELANCING? [August 2011] 14 million the number of workers who are self-employed, not incorporated 1 in 9 The workers who are self-employed as of 2009 (includes those incorporated). 2.4 million the number of people who considered 153.2 themselves independent contractors, or freelancers million the number of people in America's labor force [July 2011] WHO ARE FREELANCERS? Older workers are enjoying the flexibility of independent contracting: Indipendent Contractor - Traditional Employment 100 % 94.2 92.8 90.6 90.3 89.6 10.3 million 87.6 80 % 79,3 the number 60 % of independent contractors. 40 % 5.9 20 % 16.9 million 8.0 9.7 6.8 4.4 1.6 1.8 the number of people who work at home. Age 16-19 20-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ WE ARE HAPPIER! Fewer than 1 in 10 independent contractors said they would prefer a traditional work arrangement. M CAN I MAKE A LIVING AS A FREELANCER? Employment hours used by the professional and business sector for temporary help services from 2001 to 2011: The average freelance salary in 2010 The average USA income in 2010 $149,084,258.00 $68,000 $46,800 Money earned by freelancers from three of the top freelance websites 30,390,000 27,024,000 2001 2010 That is 1% of the national debt 2002 2009 2008 2007 23,702,500 28,517,700 2003 ....... 30,528,800 28,914,100 WHO IS HIRING FREELANCERS? Top industries for independent contractors IT (i.e.: web programming, software development) Top industries for independent Creative services (i.e.: writing, design, photography, graphics.) contractors Marketing (i.e.: Data Entry, research, admin support) Sales Operations (i.e.: Data Entry, research, admin support) EDUCATION: HELP WANTED! Hiring freelancers may get you a more educated employee. 36% 2,475,669 Hiring freelancers may get you a more educated employee. Jobs posted per year from three of the top freelance websites 33% Traditional employees with Bachelor's degree: 14,000,000 Unemployed persons in the U.S. WHERE ARE FREELANCERS? The top five outsourcing countries: THE FREELANCERS' ROLE The top freelancing IN SMALL BUSINESS EXPENSES countries: Amount Saved by Freelancers US O India NZ ZA UK Rent, utilities and employee C Pakistan turnover Commuting India Bangladesh $190 100 billion hours Canada US Australia Philippines THE UNITED STATES AT A GLANCE THE METEORIC RISE OF FREELANCING IN THE US Numbers of individuals employed as "temporary, freelance, or flexible workers" California 1990 - 2008 897,786 568,267 492,390 396,904 Техas New York 261,569 261,799 however, New York holds the #1 spot for online jobs in IT and Marketing. West Midwest South +88% +117% +126% Sources: 2011 US Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, CreditDonkey Inc.com: Telecommuting by the Numbers: April 2010, Salary information from SimplyHired.com, Combined data from online sites: odesk, elance, and freelancer.com 2006 2005 33,765,800 31,033,500 34,285,800 33,141,700

Freelance revolution

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This recent close up over the Freelancing world has been published on creditdonkey site today, on 26th of October, 2011 here: http://www.creditdonkey.com/freelance.html

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